老火汤 Lao Huo Tang @ JEM

Category : Chinese

It was my turn to decide what’s for dinner and I’m vexed as usual. Since our ultimate destination is Defu Furniture @ Bt Batok, my mind was tracing along the route there to review the available options. So I thought why not JEM, the newest & 3rd largest suburban mall, that recently drew a lot of attention in the press?

As we were approaching JEM, my goodness, the people crossing the overhead bridge was enough to turn me off. Nevermind that, inside JEM itself, most of the restaurants already have queues forming outside and we need to be at Defu Furniture before it closes!

After speed- walking around, we settled at老火汤 Lao Huo Tang, a restaurant specialising in herbal soups that has no queue. It was my 1st time eating at this herbal soup place that has sprung up at many places. My hubby commented that we should try soups that are not commonly found at other branches as the prices here are more expensive so we went with Ginseng Chicken Soup that’s good for 2 pax, a seafood hor fun with egg gravy & spinach with century egg.

老火汤 Lao Huo Tang’s Spinach with Century Egg was served first and my 1st thought was “It’s so watery.” My hubby replied “It’s because their eggs are separated from the gravy.” This Spinach with Century Eggs was very different from what we envision the dish to be. It’s so 清淡bland. Healthier version? Dislike. I won’t order this again.

Next was Seafood Hor Fun. This dish saved our impression of老火汤 Lao Huo Tang @ JEM. The Hor Fun has the 锅气 (Wok He in Cantonese). Taste of the wok & fire in English? The gravy is also thick and nice. Delicious!!

And here comes the star of the evening. 老火汤 Lao Huo Tang’s atas Ginseng Chicken Soup. Check out the floating pieces of fish maw. I like. Unfortunately the liking part stops here. Drinking the soup, I forgot what we ordered. “How come I can’t taste anything distinctive?” There was no ginseng taste and no traces of ginseng at the base of the soup too. The soup just taste…sweet. Disappointed. Especially when it’s not cheap.

Honestly, my eyes popped at the bill. My hubby asked if I will come back again, “Most probably not. Maybe only for the Seafood Hor Fun.”

Note: My hubby mentioned that he has tried the other soups at other branches of 老火汤 Lao Huo Tang before and they are pretty decent.

老火汤 Lao Huo Tang @ JEM (View in Google Maps)
50 Jurong Gateway
#03-23 JEM
Singapore 608549
+65 6734 7933



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